Winter Holiday Travel Tips

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I know I usually just blog about food, but after traveling this week and traveling again next week I thought I’d throw out some of my personal travel tips. Which I find even more important to stick to during the holidays when travel gets a little crazier than usual and I need to keep my sanity.

  • If you wear contacts, travel in your glasses. My eyes get so dry on the airplane when I travel in my contacts it’s almost unbearable. And if I happen to doze off on the plane, then I’m not sleeping in my contacts. Trust me, your eyes will thank you.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Always accept a drink from the airline attendant…or two. I always get a water. And usually a hot tea or coffee. Another great way to hydrate is to take an empty water bottle with you. There are water fountains all over the airport where you can refill it as many times as you need to after you are through security. It saves money too, as you aren’t paying $2 to $5 per bottle of water.
  • Pack food and snacks. Nuts, fruit and granola bars are great. You can even pack yourself a little sandwich to take with you. It will give you healthy options and again save money. This can also be a huge save for when you get delayed, rerouted or suffer a hunger attack mid-flight. I like to make a zip lock of Puffins multi-grain cereal, dried fruit, nuts and a little chocolate. You can eat it all together or pick out whatever you are having a craving for(sweet or salty). It’s light enough that it won’t weigh you down.
  • Wear layers. Planes can be freezing cold or blazing hot. It’s never fun to be uncomfortable for hours on end. I like to wear a few light layers and adjust accordingly. I almost always wear a pashmina when traveling too. Big enough to be a thin, small blanket, converts to a scarf or shawl and can easily be tucked in your bag.
  • Pack light. No one likes lugging around heavy luggage. One of the easiest ways to do this is to pack outfits when you travel instead of random clothes that you think will work together. I like to pack a pair of very versatile pants and a versatile cardigan that I can rewear, dress up and dress down. Saves on a lot of extra clothes!
  • Oh, and be patient! I hate waiting. The security line is the worst for me. It’s crowded and slow. Yuck! I think I am going to try listening to a podcast when I wait in the security line next week. It will help to distract me and get less irritable.
  • BE NICE. Traveling isn’t always easy. There are delays and cancellations and it’s not the people’s fault who are working the counter. There is only so much they can do and they will be less likely to be helpful if you are rude and demanding. So if you are getting stressed about the situation, step back, calm down and don’t be a jerk.

I’m sure I forgot a few things and they are in no particular order. Happy Holidays and happy travels to all!

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